Ever since I read Caroliena Cabeda’s post for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop last month, it’s been in the back of my mind to get a more structured schedule in place. I keep thinking something like that would help me remember to do the little things (more on those below) that I know I should be making time for but get pushed aside in favour of more immediate concerns. Unfortunately, between one thing and another, I haven’t quite got there yet (see those immediate concerns again) but I am hoping to have something in place for June.
With only so many available hours and a number of items I should be doing, it’s frequently a matter of trying to decide what needs to be done vs. what can be done later. Case in point, I wasn’t very active on social media last month. Not because I didn’t want to; I enjoy swapping comments/tweets with people. It was more a matter of the thinking “Oh, I’ll catch up on that tomorrow“. Then doing the same the next day. And so on. I’m thinking that if I can work out some kind of schedule where I can build chunks of time to focus on just one task, then maybe I can avoid situations like that.
So what sort of tasks am I talking about? Well, aside from the obvious one of sitting down and writing and the one I just talked about there are a few other. Writing blog posts like this is one of them. I’d also like to make sure I’m doing a decent amount of reading per day. Another thing is making sure I have all my handwritten work typed up and transferred into the computer. I’m far enough behind in that, that it’s actually become an action item for this month. And I’d also want to make sure I’m periodically (and consistently) making backup copies of my work once I have got them transcribed. Which would hopefully avoid situations like my deleting the most recent draft of a short story.
Some of those I might want to do daily, some of them I might be able to get away with doing them weekly. But they do need to get done and this might be the best way to ensure they do.
Like I said, I haven’t got there yet, but it is a work in progress. To be continued…